Republicans and Democrats can agree on facts

  • Article by: Cass R. Sunstein , Bloomberg News
  • Updated: June 22, 2013 - 6:45 AM

When Democrats and Republicans claim to disagree, they might be reporting which side they are on, not what they really think.

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jdlellis1Jun. 22, 13 8:14 AM

Remains me of a joke that goes something like this. "The problem with Republicans is that they pit man against man. The problem with Republicans is that they do just the opposite."

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rms316Jun. 22, 13 8:35 AM

I beg to differ on the facts issue. Fringe Repub. have proven time and again they are immune to facts.

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borisbadenovJun. 22, 13 9:02 AM

Fringe democrats have proven time and again they are immune to facts. Works both ways.

Many politicians work well together across the aisle in private but political posturing causes them to appear to be highly partisan in public. Tip O'Neil and Reagan are an example. Ted Kennedy and Bush is another.

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dakmarknetJun. 22, 13 9:08 AM

When Sen. Jon Kyle (R) made this statement about Planned Parenthood: "It was not intended to be a factual statement" - after quoting his facts which were totally BS, I think the Democrats hold the high road when reporting on facts. Republicans continually quote facts that were fabricated by their think tanks like the Heritage Foundation. Time and time again these facts have been proven completely wrong. The latest being the IRS scandal.

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goferfanzJun. 22, 13 9:23 AM

Clearly, each side "cherrypicks" the data each side likes. Currently, conservatives are basking in the sunshine as scandal after scandal unfolds under our dear, hapless President. Still, two undeniable facts are my favorites when silencing lefites in discussions. The first is the Pelosi tenure as Speaker = horrendous. Facts = 7 million jobs lost, unemployment rose from 4.6% to 9.3%, 5.5 Trillion new federal debt, etc. Ouch. The second is President Obama as war President, not only did he have FAR more American soldiers KIA in his first term vs W's first term, now after his failed Afghan surge, he wants to "deal" with the Taliban. Ouch!

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comsenJun. 22, 13 9:33 AM

Facts? What is a fact? The Dems just increased spending by 2 billion in MN. Fact: Iraq is teetering from Democracy. Fact: The Middle East is aflame. Fact: We are getting involved in Syria after Russia, Iran, Hezballoh and Syria are entrenched and winning the war..... and I could go on but it would ruin the day.

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tupelohoneyJun. 22, 13 9:35 AM

"I think the Democrats hold the high road when reporting on facts." - Liberals always think that.

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Flash_GordonJun. 22, 13 9:35 AM

goferfanz-You are certainly cherry-picking statistics yourself when you compare Mr. Obama's first term, when he was trying to wind down the war, to Mr. Bush's first term, when the US was ramping up for war. You exemplify Mark Twain's quote; There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

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comsenJun. 22, 13 9:48 AM

'I think the Democrats hold the high road when reporting on facts." A Liberal "fact"!!!

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goferfanzJun. 22, 1310:04 AM

"""You are certainly cherry-picking statistics"""................. Sorry Flash, I am simple stating basic facts from well-defined timelines, ie Pelosi's 4 year run as SOH and the first term of President Bush and Obama. I am sorry if the truth hurts you. And you need to look in the mirror about "lying" claims if you think President Obama was "winding down war" in 2009 when he decided to emulate the USSR and go big in Afghanistan. You do realize Obama lost almost 2000 American soldiers (KIA) due to his ongoing Afghan misadventure, right? That IS fact. Again, instead of quoting Twain???, please tell me the "lies" in my first post.

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